A report commissioned by the French government proposed to tax a small percentage of the revenues that Google and other search engines generate in France. It was an idea that would come to be known as the “Google tax.”
In a letter sent to several French ministerial offices and obtained by Agence France-Presse, the search giant threatened to stop linking to French media sites to protest the potential Google tax.
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and super-investor Peter Thiel took aim at each other over the seemingly benign topic of the role of technology in society on the opening night of the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference, with moderator Adam Lashinsky of Fortune attempting to moderate, often in vain. Schmidt opened the dialogue with a predictably optimistic take on how technology and access to information has increased productivity and quality of life worldwide. Thiel responded by commending Schmidt for “doing a fantastic job” as “minister of propaganda” for Google.
Microsoft’s Bing search engine is taking its battle against Google to the next level with a new campaign called “Don’t Get Scroogled.”
The company launched a Scroogled website on Wednesday which attacks what Bing refers to as Google’s “unfair ‘pay-to-rank’ shopping practices.” This apparently refers to Google’s decision earlier this year to require merchants to pay in order to have their products come up in the results on Google Shopping. Previously, both free and paid listings were featured in Google Shopping results.
Quick, think of a major tech company where top talent has been heading for the exits over the last year or more. Chances are you thought of Yahoo, right? Well, you're not wrong. But here’s the surprising thing: Google’s brain drain number is exactly the same, minus 11.
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